Freshwater West near Castlemartin in South Pembrokeshire is a popular destination for surfers. The beach which faces due West is surrounded by sand dunes and has a mixture of fine sand and pebbles. The water quality is excellent and the area is home to many types of bird, seals, otters and the occasional dolphin. There is a thatched shack on the foreshore which is a rebuilt shelter used for drying the seaweed used to make the Welsh speciality, Laverbread.
The beach was in the news recently when a temporary shell cottage was built for the filming of the final Harry Potter film - 'Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows' and hundreds of extras arrived on the beach to take part in the filming of Ridley Scott’s Robin Hood.
Swimming is not advisable as there are dangerous offshore swells and strong currents and only surfers who are strong swimmers should take to the waves. It is a great place to watch the surfing and the Welsh National Surfing Championships are held here in May if the surf allows. The beach also has areas of unmarked quicksand. Warning signs are in place near the beach.
Car parking: Parking is free and the main parking area is at the southern end of the beach - it can get very busy on fine days. There are smaller parking areas at either end of the beach and limited parking along the road.
Food: There is usually a small refreshment van in the main car park during the summer. There is a pub, the Speculation Inn at Hundleton 4 miles away
Toilets can be found at the main parking area at the southern end of the beach.
Lifeguards: Swimming is not advisable. Lifeguards are on duty during the summer months
Dogs are allowed but please be considerate to other beach users and remember you must always clean up after your dog.
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